Can I make a partition on a live Vista Ultimate machine?

Hi experts,

I just set up a vista laptop with ultimate edition.  It's a 500GB machine and I want to create a partition for seperate file storage away from the os without doing a reinstall.  Can this be done on a live machine without toasting the entire drive?

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Gary DewrellSenior Network AdministratorCommented:
Yes. You will need to use a third party tool to repartition your drive though. Thier are several the most popular probably being partition magic.  As always you really should backup before you do this though.  :)

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Hello HelpNearMe,

There is a best FREEWARE edition of Free EaseUS Partition Master 9.1 Home Edition.


Link for explanations about how this tool works:

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And yet - under View menu there is a possibility to Pending all your operations and come back to start position!

When you apply Resize you have to restart yor PC to this action take effect.

best regards

i use bootit-BM for that
download it (free) - use the make disk for making a cd, boot from it
do NOT install it on the disk - hit cancel
select partition work
now select the big partition, you first must shrink it to make space; select size as wanted
then make another partition on the now free space
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management.
There right click on your C: partition and select Shrink. Take space of this partition. Then where shrink operation is done right click on free unallocated space and select create. Follow the wizard and get your second partition.
HelpNearMeAuthor Commented:
Haven't decide which route to take but thanks for the information.

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